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    February 12, 2013
    4:25 - 5:00am EST  

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>> are you doing that or something? >> camera could have done that for you. do that by himself. >> ooh. is that sexy? you wink? ♪ that's what we dishin' 'bout good morning, everyone. it is tuesday, february 12th. temperatures in the 40s in the immediate area. not too bad as you start out your day. good morning. i'm sarah simmons i'm wisdom martin. welcome to fox 5 morning news. let's talk to tucker barnes about our weather. >> good morning.
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we're looking fine. we cleared out overnight. we had a cold front come through in the past couple of hours. we should be in for a good looking tuesday. it is windy out there at the moment. but later today, sunshine and high temperatures about other degrees as we're shaping up to have a nice day. there is your radar. you can see things clearing out. the mid-atlantic, nice and quiet. you might see rain showers bubbling up down into south carolina and down into the deep south. that is a frontal system and that will be part of our player in the next couple of days. we have a storm system developing down there moving in our direction during the day tomorrow. what will that bring us? i will have the details on that in just a couple of minutes. right now, we are in the 40s, mid-40s out there. so it is not an uncomfortable start at all. police in prince george's county are on the scene of what they are calling a death
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investigation. they say a shooting occurred around 1:00 this morning on 36th street and college park near the university of maryland campus. we do have a crew on the way and will bring you more information shortly. north korea has carried out a nuclear test overnight. the communist regime is confirming it conducted the test after earthquake sensors picked up evidence of an underground explosion. the u.s. and south korea are holding emergency meetings and later this morning, the united nations security council is scheduling to meet about that test. president obama will deliver his state of the union address tonight. the economy is expected to be the central focus, the president laying out a plan to boost the middle class and create more jobs. first lady michelle obama will sit with the parents of hediah pendleton. proceedings are under way at the vatican to set up the conclave that will choose the
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next pope. in a surprise announcement monday, pope benedict xvi announced he was stepping down due to his age. a five-day cruise to the caribbean turn into his quite appear ordeal with passengers getting sick and saying the boat smells, quote, extremely sick. >> a fire on board a carnival cruise ship was stranded with more than 4,000 people on board. >> reporter: the carnival triumph departed galveston, texas on thursday enroute to the caribbean. now, it is headed to alabama after a fire in the ship's engine room knocked out the vessel's propulsion system leaving more than 4 0u theme stuck at sea. >> technical support personnel from carnival are now on the way to the ship which is approximately 200 miles northwest of cancun. >> >> reporter: no one was injured
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in the mishap and the fire was quickly extinguished. >> she was crying and stuff and said they have no power. they have no running water. they have no way to use the bathroom. >> reporter: other carnival cruise liners have met with the stranded vessel bringing food and other supplies. officials say the ship has drifted so far north that they will now tow the ship to mobile, alabama. >> the ship will be examined and it will be towed or repaired depending on the conditions of the electrical and hydro pneumatic systems. >> reporter: the passengers will get a full refund and a future cruise. in new york, ainsley earhart, fox news. we still have plenty ahead,
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your weather, traffic and all your top stories. >> fox 5 morning news at 4:30 starts now. good morning to you. this is a live look outside right now over the washington d.c. area. this is the washington monument at 4:29, coming up on 4:30 this morning. it is tuesday, february 12th. i'm wisdom martin. >> i'm sarah simmons. welcome to fox 5 morning news. kind of nice outside. >> it is not terribly cold out there. 40s right now but the wind are picking up. it will be a cool start to your day. we'll fall back probably another 10 degrees from where we are right now. reagan national, 49. that is not bad. that is warmer than our average daytime high. here is our satellite-radar. we'll see quieter conditions out there, clear skies across the mid-atlantic as we are
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shaping up to have a real nice day with lots of sunshine. still a few clouds but you can see most of the cloud cover is well to the south. nice quiet day for us and sunny, bright, temperature back the low 50s. it will be windy, breezy particular lit first half of the day as we continue to be dealing with this front. the best part, a little drier than yesterday. >> thank you. time now to get our first look at traffic and julie wright. good morning. >> good morning, you guys. sarah brave running from the house to the car with no coat. >> that's what i'm saying. >> there, we don't have to worry about the run today. it's done. if you are traveling along jim moran avenue at bell pre, you kill find that your lanes are open. -- if you are traveling along
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georgia avenue. lanes are open in each direction at the top stretch of the beltway traveling to and from university boulevard. traffic eastbound along 66 good to go with no issues reported as you continue inbound leaving manassas head towards centreville. light traffic volume for those continuing on the beltway between annandale and merrifield. 66 continuing across the tr bridge at speed. right volume on the gw parkway headed southbound from 123 out to the key bridge. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. e traffic. checking our top stories this morning, police in prince george's county are on the scene of what they're calling a death investigation. they say a shooting occurred somewhere around 1:00 this morning on 36th street in college park. this is near the university of maryland campus. we have a crew on the way and we'll spring you more information as we get it. also new this morning, a man dies trying to cross virginia avenue -- or georgia avenue, rather. this happened in the as pep
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hill area last night as a map was walking across a busy street at heathfield road. the victim has been identified as frank sedwick of silver spring. the accident remains under investigation this morning. it isen clear whether any charges willing filed against the 24-year-old driver. we continue following a developing crisis nice asia. north korea is admitting it carried out a nuclear test today and the white house is calling the test, quote, highly provocative. president obama says north korea's nuclear program is a threat to world security. even china is expressing firm opposition this morning. later on this morning, the security council will meet to discuss the nuclear test. a big story we are following this morning. president obama will deliver his state of the union address tonight. the primary focus will be on the economy. a poll released shows the
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largest issue right now, gun control will be addressed tonight. d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton has invited the mother of a 16-year-old who was killed in the south capital street shootings in 2010. you can stay with fox 5 and myfoxdc.com for complete coverage of tonight's state of the union address. it begin at 9:00 p.m. followed by the republican response and the fox 5 news at 10:00. 10:00. pope benedict xvi makes an unpress defted decision and now the search is on to find the next leader of the catholic church. >> a septupletting announcement that the -- a stunning announcement that the pope is rezoning shocked catholics around the world. the vat cap insists he is not facing anything immediate hi grave. now, the college of cardinals
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will hold a conclave to elect benedict's replacement. >> my admiration is even higher because of his humility. >> the vatican hopes a new pope can be named in time for holy week and easter. a 14-year-old maryland boy goes to court charged with killing his baby sister. the new information we're learning in the case this morning. that is coming up next. a possible skippings of a suspect in the killing of a 71- year-old -- a possible description of a suspect in the killing of a 71-year-old woman in prince george's county.  [ mom ] dear chex cereal,
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-- we are following breaking news out of maryland now. >> this has been no connection made by police or university of maryland to the campus. when he this say this is something that has happened off campus, it just means that it is here in the community of college park. this isn't an area that is generally known to be populated with a lot of student housing. but it could be possible. so this is happening in the city of college park. we are here where the police have stationed everybody. 36th avenue is right behind me. the shooting scene is all the way down the street and then up to where you see some of the brake lights there and then some whitehead lights. very, very difficult. they haven't even let us get down to street to where the scene is and they are not giving a whole lot of information. prince george's county public information office really only telling us they are on the scene of a death investigation.
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however, university of maryland alerts giving a little bit more information saying it is a shooting investigation here and that the suspects seep fleeing in a tan honda odyssey. -- seen fleeing in a tan honda odyssey. we don't know how many people were involved as victims or suspects. certainly a lot of media here. a lot of police attention as well. we'll be here all morning and give you updates as we get them. back to you guys. >> all right. thank you. a 14-year-old maryland boy remains behind bars accused of killing his baby sister. teen was in court on monday and is charged as an adult and is being held without bond. police say he admitted to beating and suffocating the 7- month-old girl inside their silver spring apartment on lockwood drive. the boy buoy was left alone to
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watch the baby while his mom worked an overnight shift. in prince george's county, police continue to investigate the murder of an elderly capital heights woman. police and homicide detectives handed out flyers to neighbors yesterday. 71-year-old geraldine mcentire was found dead inside her chapel oaks home on saturday. neighbors say they plan to honor her with a candlelight vigil this week. >> crews working wowser time to get the streets cleared after this weekend's blizzard inning now and some snow could be heading our way. -- crews working overtime. >> we are clearing out this morning. before a nice sunny tuesday in store. i'll have more on the forecast. julie has the traffic after the break. 
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welcome back. clean-up continues in mississippi this morning after a powerful tornado tore through at least three counties. more than 80 people were injured but it could have been much worse. resident got warnings as long as a half hour out from when the tornado hit. the university of southern mississippi took a heavy hit but the campus was less populated than usual because of mardi gras. president obama has declared a state of emergency polling this wound's blizzard. this will free up federal aid for recovery efforts.
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crews are still working to clear the roads. rain and warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the region today. >> from tornados to blizzards. can we land somewhere in between? >> we've been doing that all winter, stepping here, stepping there, avoiding all the trouble. looks like today we'll be just fine. it is a little windy out this morning. >> has not bad all things considered when you look south and you look north. we'll take the wind. >> we'll see if you feel the same way tomorrow afternoon. >> probably won't. i'll complain. >> i'll tell you why in just a second. 49degrees at reagan national. these temperatures are on the warm side for this day in february. that is my way of saying i'm not sure what day it is. is it the 12th now? >> yes. >> it's early. 47 in quantico. 43 in hagerstown. we'll probably see some upper 30s and low 40s before we start
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a rebound in temperatures. later today, low 50s. 51, 52 here in the city. here are your winds gusting currently at 18. 23 in gaithersburg. 30 out in hagerstown. 35 in martinsburg. there is a wind advisory until 10:00 this morning well out to the west as these winds will continue particularly along the mountain ridges where we've had the front move on through. again, front moving through. you will notice the air a little bit drier today and it should be more comfortable than it was yesterday. generally clearing out. should be a nice, bright sunny day. a nice quiet afternoon for us. we'll take t later today, we'll cloud up and during the day, we'll have an area of low pressure develop and move off the coast. that is the origins of it right there into oklahoma and texas t will push up towards the region. a little area of low pressure will develop along this front and out to sea. in tomorrow's forecast, we'll have a lot of clouds around. likely a period of rain,
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particularly washington, point south and east where it will stay primarily rain. it will slowly transition over to snow during the afternoon and evening hours. this is a possibility that late tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow evening, we could have some accumulations around here. it doesn't look like a major storm. but positioning of it will be in a place where we could get some accumulation around here late tomorrow afternoon, tomorrow night. breezy conditions, winds out of the west at 10 to 15. 33 tonight, becoming cloudy. chilly overfight. not terribly cold. winds out of the north at 5 to 10. tomorrow morning, we're fine. tomorrow afternoon, rain showers transitioning to snow no many of us. light accumulations possible. this weekend looks cold. couldn't another coastal storm this weekend. still a lot of question marks. but got to keep an eye out for that as well. let's do some traffic with julie wright. >> we had a fatal crash which occurred earlier this morning
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along georgia avenue out near bell preroad. the investigation according to police has cleared. the roadway reopened now. if you are traveling northbound i-59 in virginia, traffic is running smoothly continuing out towards newington. no issues here as you continue north of the fairfax county parkway continuing out onto 395. 395 good for go crossing over the 14th street bridge. southbound 270, easy drive coming in from 109 headed out towards clarksburg. there is no did he lay from germantown headed out towards the split. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. ime traffic. >> thank you. development is booming here in d.c. a big project downtown is a perfect example of that. >> it is all about jobs. construction of the new marriott marquee is employing hundreds of people and when it is complete, it will general rate more than a thousand jobs.
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matt ackland got a sneak peek inside. >> reporter: there are few places where can you go and not hear the sweet sound of construction. >> when i go to the mayor's meeting, people talk about the appearance of the city, the condition of the city. >> reporter: mayor gray and the media got a tour of one of the largest projects under way. the marriott hotel taking place next door to the convention center. >> the city said we need more meeting rooms to be competitive. >> reporter: the developer plans to deliver, 1200 rooms, a total of 10,000 square feet of meeting space and an underground tunnel that connects to the convention center. when if opens, it should employ about a thousand people. 51% of those jobs will go to district residents. when complete, this place is going to be absolutely massive. because of height restrictions here in the district, it can only go up 14 floors. so to find space, construction crews dug down over 100 feet.
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down below, it is so deep it is considered a mining exercise. >> you are required to bring an oxygen tank with you just like you would if you were in a mine. >> reporter: there is more to come. district leaders have gone after domestic and foreign investors. at the city center project downtown, it's deep pocket investors from qatar paying the bills. the mayor recently went to china and has talked to microsoft. >> when we have microsoft talking to us about putting a center here, you know we are on the move. >> reporter: former mayors and other leaders should be credited with getting the ball rolling and watching them grow. in the district, matt ackland, fox 5 news. >> huge project there. >> lots of work going on downtown and all throughout d.c. that is good. good for jobs. when we come back, we'll talk about the military moving forward with plans to extend benefits to same-sex couples
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u.s. combat troops are supposed to leave afghanistan after next year but the pentagon is now pushing a three high pressure year plan to keep about 8,000 troops there after the nato mission ends. the "washington post" reports that the plan would reduce the number of americans over the following two years. the phased reduction approach would redefine the u.s. end game in afghanistan. leon panetta is authorizing more benefits to same-sex partners but the pentagon is not he can tending some housing benefits saying the complex issue requires more review and
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it has triggered concerns among military leaders. the defendants department memo does give same-sex military partners other benefits like identification cards to get into commissaries and other services. housing payments and health benefits cannot be included because of federal law. an army veteran who survived a taliban attack has been awarded the medal of honor. president obama commended former staff sergeant clinton romsha saying he helped defend the indefensible. he was with a group of 53 troops far outnumbered by more than 300 taliban fighters charged into enemy fire in 2009 to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. >> when i called clint to tell him he would receive this medal, he said he was honor bud he said it wasn't just me out there, it was a team effort. so today, we also honor this american team including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. >> eight men did not survive
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the taliban attack. coming up next, it is on- the-job training like you have never seen. >> fox 5's sherry ly hits the ground with marines training at quantico to find out more about the hands-on way they get ready for the battleground. we'll be right back. lucky charms?!
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live mortar rounds launching. in places like afghanistan, marine sergeant zachary meyers knows firsthand these are the tool of the trade in combat. >> move of the marines we sleep on the gun, around the gun, click the gun, so if there is a mission, we're there on the gun in seconds. >> stand by. fire! fire. >> they are using relate weapons with real meunchations all just 40 miles away from washington at marine corps base quantico. >> the same type of thing we would use in theaters somewhere depending on the situation. >> reporter: these big guns can hit a target 25 miles away with gps guidance and level a building. that is why every precaution is taken to prevent something from going off target. >> there is no room for error at all. >> reporter: chris beck a retired marine, runs range scheduling. the 54 firing ranges used in different combinations can
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create 8,000 possible safety conflicts. requests are put in the computer and carefully coordinated. >> we have the keys. >> reporter: who is firing where, when, which direction, types of weapons. >> that can be hundreds or thousands of individual events each week. thousands of victim people out there firing weapons. >> reporter: so everything is mapped out by gps and during training is monitored 24/7 from inside range control. the red areas show live fire. the white moving dotsz are planes that sometimes have to be diverted from the line of fire. >> on a busy day, we have a lot of rangers calling in hot. you go into a live fire status. >> reporter: on this day, troops in one lotion fire mortars at the enemy while four miles away, gunners on the howitzers provide cover.
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timing is critical. they can fire off a round every eight to 10 seconds. >> as soon as we get the round into it, we are ashooting it. >> these high ?rif artillery rounds can kill everyone within a 150-foot radius and with a casualty zone the size of a football field. it is life or death for troops on the ground. >> the grunts' lives are in our hand basically inform they come into heavy contact, it is on us to get calls in that range and suppress the enemy. >> this is what training is for. on the battlefield, it is high stress. >> it is like muscle memory inform i don't use, it i'll forget it and then i'll be in shell shock if i get out in combat. >> reporter: on an average day, 13 to 19 ranges at quantico are hot. they use a lot of ammo, 56 million rounds in the past five s.